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New radio doco examines sale of SBC public radio
Title -- 5264 SAMOA: New radio doco examines sale of SBC public radio
Date -- 18 January 2008
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- Radio Heritage 18/1/08
Copyright - RH
Status -- Unabridged
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NEW RADIO DOCO EXAMINES SALE OF SBC SAMOA PUBLIC RADIO
WELLINGTON (RH/Pacific Media Watch): The latest Radio Heritage Foundation documentary
on Radio New Zealand International [RNZI] next week will look at the impending sale of
government-owned SBC Samoa and considers its impact on local public radio in Samoa.
Previous privatisation examples include Radio Cook Islands and WVUV
American Samoa. How have these stations fared since? What are the FM
radio options that listeners in Apia, Pago Pago and Avarua currently
Other broadcasters from outside the region, such as Radio China
International and Radio Australia, are now opening commercial free FM
relay stations across the region. Are the days of locally funded and
operated public radio stations in the islands numbered?
Currently, the 540 AM signal of SBC1 provides cyclone warnings for a
wide arc of islands including the two Samoas, Niue and Tokelau. With
the station being sold, will this vital emergency service continue or
be closed down to save costs?
Listen to Mailbox on RNZI on Monday January 21 as David Ricquish of
the Radio Heritage Foundation explores some of the issues.
Visit www.rnzi.com for shortwave frequencies and times, and to download an
audio on demand version of the program that will be available online
for four weeks from January 21.
For more information about broadcasting in the two Samoas, Cook
Islands and Tokelau, visit www.radioheritage.net. An online version
of the programme script along with exclusive images of Samoan radio
will also be available from later in January at www.radioheritage.net.
Updated versions of the full Pacific Asian Log Radio Guides for
Mediumwave and Shortwave stations across the region are also
available, and a new series of Pacific Radio Guides including all FM
stations in the region will be available shortly at
* The Radio Heritage Foundation
"Sharing the Stories of Pacific Radio"
Radio New Zealand International website: www.rnzi.com
Radio Heritage Foundation website: www.radioheritage.net
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